0161 Festival – Acoustic Stage

This is the event page for the 2017 0161 Festival Acoustic Stage.

Saturday from 2pm
Sunday from 6pm


Al Baker
Was scheduled to play at last year’s fest but had to abort at last minute due to illness. Delighted to say he’s confirmed for this year, a rare solo appearance is sure to be a highlight!
Al has developed a unique style he likes to call ‘Troubacore’, but most other people call some variety of Folk or Punk. He has made himself known as an important figure in the local music scene and made a name for himself in the wider Folk Rock and Folk Punk scenes. His stage presence is engaging, his lyrics striking, his voice powerful and his guitar style irrepressibly brutal.


Jessi Eastfield
Lead singer of the irrepressible ‘rail punks’ going solo with his own songs and some Eastfield favs.


Paul Carter
He secretly loves work, fancies Adrian Chiles and never ever sings songs about drink or drugs. He’s definitely more punk than you! Long overdue first appearance at 0161.


Muddy Summers & the Dirty Field Whores
Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores are an all female radical feistyfolkpunkpop band based in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and they are..
Gail Something-Else on vocals, stick bass, baritone uke – yep her from the Tea tent!
Tez Roberts on guitar, backing vocals
Aimee Bee on El Cajon, percussion, backing vocals
Mimi O’Malley on Clarinet, sax, whistles


Throw Rocks At Cops
Doncasters finest veganarcho folk punk Throw Rocks At Cops started in July 2010 with members of Sugar3, Cock 55, Up Against The Wall Motherfucker! and Insufficient Funds.


PedAgree Strum (TBC)
From the flames of PedAgree Skum we bring you…
PedAgree Strum.
Two piece vocalist and guitarist from Pedagree Skum bring you the acoustic version 🙂


Carl Moorcroft
In early 2000 with a group of close friends, over a night of heavy drinking and the love of all things fast and punk. Carl decided to form a Punk band with a hint of Ska called Protocol..
Carl decided to take those songs and evolve them into own blend of Punk/Ska, on an acoustic guitar. Singing about his own personnel experience from friendship, intoxication and relationships.


Vince Cayo
Cayote rock n roll! After an impromptu slot last year we loved him so much we wanted him to do a full set. Debut album out very soon.


David Holmes
David Holmes is a politically change Rebel Poet from Leeds. Recounting tales of a punk rock youth with a good old dose of social commentary. Politically charge and razor sharp delivery. Not your average punk poet.


Manchester artist Kneel has been classified as “Accidental Folk Punk”. With ethereal guitar and a voice in possession of a distinctive edgy sound.


Keiron Higgins
calling himself a proclaimed shape shifter, and a hard bitten poetic punk performing rapid fire rhyming tongue-fulls of lyrical eccentricity. He’s been described as a cross between John Lydon, Travis Bickle and Mickey Pearce


Jim Osman
Performance poet – Don’t miss him!

The Lab Rats
Folk-Punk duo based in Manchester, UK. But hey you probably knew that. They are the mainstay of the acoustic stage and it really wouldn’t happen without their support. New album out soon!


Hello Mabel
Folky/punky noise apparently? That doesn’t really do them justice. Crackin tunes and mesmerizing live performance is more like it!


Brian Curran
If you had to design an anti-fascist, acoustic, punk singer-songwriter you’d probably end up with Brian Curran. Heart on sleeve, passionate and justifiably angry. Making Acoustic Punk a Threat Again


Lily Gaskell
Lily’s been performing live since the age of 11. She has shared the stage with the likes of Roland Gift and The Fine Young Cannibals, Midge Ure, Anti-Nowhere League, Vice Squad and Years and Years, busked at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Toured the UK, worked as a Session Vocalist, Guitarist and Songwriter and now performs as a solo Musician.


Tim Loud
“…a rousing shot of country/folk /blues with a punk edge…a singer-songwriter/arranger of some considerable skill”
-Brendan Campbell, North Leeds Life
Probably has the best t-shirts you’ve ever seen.


Mark Ayling
Recently described as “a relentless, one-man wall-of-sound” by Louder Than War, he discards the usual Folk/Acoustic influences such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, instead finding his inspiration from bands as diverse as The Jam, The Specials, Motorhead, The Mob, New Model Army, The Clash, Killing Joke and Joy Division.


Tamsyn Jamie May
A last minute addition to last year’s line-up we’re delighted to welcome Tamsyn back on the acoustic stage. Multi-talented and front woman of the Yoghurt Weevers & The Jonnie Squizzercrow experiment.

Ushiku Crisafulli
Ushiku Crisafulli is a chef, poet, playwright, actor, performance artist, musician and founder of the OpenMind Collective. A talented fella, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the 0161 acoustic stage.